Sports Digest: Purdue Cal splits softball doubleheader with St. Xavier

2014-04-25T21:30:00Z 2014-04-26T21:28:16Z Sports Digest: Purdue Cal splits softball doubleheader with St. Xavier nwitimes.com
April 25, 2014 9:30 pm

Pro baseball

ABREU'S SLAM IN NINTH LIFTS SOX OVER RAYS: Jose Abreu hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning for his second home run of the night, rallying the White Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Friday.

Evan Longoria's two-run homer in the top of the ninth put Tampa Bay ahead 6-4, but the White Sox weren't done. Abreu's drive off closer Grant Balfour (0-1) won it after Chicago pitchers combined for 11 walks.

Balfour gave up a one-out double to Alejandro De Aza, then walked Tyler Flowers and pinch-hitter Paul Konerko. As Konerko trotted to first, Balfour and Konerko exchanged words.

Adam Eaton hit a grounder to second base, but Tampa Bay was unable to turn the double play after getting a force at second.

GARZA, BREWERS BEAT CUBS: Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings, and Lyle Overbay hit his first homer with Milwaukee as the Brewers defeated the Cubs 5-2.

Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun each had three hits and a stolen base for the Brewers, who have a Major League best 17-6 record.

Garza (1-2), who pitched part of last season with the Chicago, retired the Cubs in order in four of the first six innings. He gave up two runs and four hits while striking out seven and walking one.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his 10th save in 10 chances.

Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva (1-5) gave up five runs and 11 hits in five innings.

Men's basketball

TWO IU PLAYERS FACE UNDERAGE DRINKING CHARGES: Authorities say Indiana basketball players Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell and Stanford Robinson have been arrested on preliminary charges of underage drinking.

Indiana State Excise Police say the 20-year-old Ferrell and 18-year-old Robinson were arrested about 1 a.m. Friday when they allegedly tried to enter a bar in Bloomington using false IDs. Excise police enforce the state's alcohol laws.

Both were arrested on preliminary charges of underage drinking and possession of a false identification.

College softball

PURDUE CAL SPLITS WITH ST. XAVIER: Purdue Calumet split a home doubleheader with St. Xavier on Friday, losing the first game 4-2, then winning the second 1-0.

Alison Kimble notched the Game 2 shutout, allowing seven hits and striking out four. Abbi Fahse hit a homer for the Peregrines (25-7) for the game's only run. Skyler Woods had the other hit for PUC, a double.

In the first game, Alicia Ward was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Brittany Adams was 3-for-3 with both runs in the loss.

College baseball

ILLINOIS-CHICAGO ROUTS VALPO: Chris Manning and Grant Yoder doubled for Valparaiso, but visiting Illinois-Chicago used a seven-run fourth inning to pull away for a 10-1 Horizon League win Friday. The Crusaders (15-20, 6-7) spoiled the shutout with a run in the ninth.

Men's golf

VALPO'S HENNING, WEBB HONORED BY HORIZON LEAGUE: Valparaiso senior Kyle Henning was named to the All-Horizon League team, while teammate Peter Webb was voted the league's Freshman of the Year.

Henning had a 74.2 average score this season. He shot par or better in six of his 24 rounds, including twice matching his career-low of 68.

Webb had a 74.8 average. He twice matched the program record for a single-round score by posting a 67.

Women's golf

VALPARAISO'S KLECKNER EARNS HORIZON HONOR: Valparaiso's Michelle Kleckner earned All-Horizon League honors for the second straight season. She had the fourth-best scoring average in the conference (78.8).

Men's tennis

VU'S SCHORSCH MAKES HL FIRST TEAM: Valparaiso's Jeffrey Schorsch was named both a First Team All-Horizon League selection and the league's Freshman of the Year. Teammate Dave Bacalla was named to the league's second team.

Schorsch owns the school record for singles victories in a season with 26. Bacalla is 24-9.

Auto racing

RAIN GIVES ROOKIE LARSON TOP SPOT AT RICHMOND: Rookie Kyle Larson will start from the pole position tonight in the NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway after a thunderstorm arrived just in time to wash out qualifying.

The field was set based on the fastest laps run in the first practice Friday. The top starting spot comes in just the 13th Sprint Cup Series race for Larson. Larson's top lap of 126.880 mph came on the third of 70 laps in the session.

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